At Least 100 Workers Laid Off in the Aq-Dareh Gold Mine Complex

Earlier this Monday, November 22, at least 100 workers were laid off in the mining sector of the Aq-Dareh Gold mine complex in Takab County in West Azerbaijan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting ILNA, many of these laid-off workers have over 15 years of experience. The employer has reportedly stated that the mass layoffs were necessary due to the reduced available work during winter months, but several workers claim that the weather is not yet cold enough to hinder their work.

Apart from these laid-off workers, 150 to 170  seasonal workers who have a temporary contract by late December have not received confirmation that they will get back to work in spring of next year.

Each year, as the workers in this report said, about 60% of workers get laid off and the remaining 200-220 are those who work in guarding, maintenance, equipping of machines and office work. Approaching winter each year, they face uncertainty over whether they will be among the laid off.

Citizen Arrested by Security Forces Without a Court Order in Oshnavieh

On Sunday, September 19, Hassan Ghodrati, a native of Oshnavieh in West Azerbaijan Province, was arrested by security forces.

According to the HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, the citizen was transferred to a security detencion center in Urmia following the arrest.

45-year-old Ghodrati is a husband and father of five.

According to the report, security forces arrested him without a court order.

As of this writing, the reasons for the arrest and the charges against him are unknown.

Soran Sharifi Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

Branch 101 of the Bukan Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Peyman Rostami, recently sentenced Soran Sharifi to seven years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Sharifi received the sentence after being charged with “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in an opposition party”.

Mr. Sharifi was arrested in late May of this year by intelligence agents in Bukan was been released on bail in July.

According to the report, quoting an informed source, Mr. Sharifi owns the Hakim Clinic in Bukan, and the court has also ordered a two year closure of the clinic.

 

Ali Zolfi Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison

Ali Zolfi, a native of Bukan in West Azerbaijan Province, was sentenced to imprisonment by the court.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Zolfi received a sentence of 4 months and 9 days.

According to this report, in July of this year, Branch 2 of the Bukan Criminal Court, headed by Judge Peyman Rostami, sentenced Mr. Zolfion a charge of “propaganda against the regime”.

Ali Zolfi was arrested by security forces in January 2021 and was released on bail of 200 million Tomans in late February after interrogations.

The citizen is said to have been denied telephone calls, family visits, and access to a lawyer during his detention.

Ministry of Intelligence Withholds Details on Death of Yasser Mangouri in Detention Center

On Thursday, September 9, following a call attributed to the Ministry of Intelligence, the family of Yasser Mangouri was informed of his death while he was being held in a detention center.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Mangouri had been arrested by security forces on July 17.

No information has been provided to the family about the details of the death or its date.

Mr. Mangouri is said to had been previously interrogated on charges of “collaborating with an opposition party”.

Yaser Mangouri, a native of Piranshahr in West Azerbaijan Province, was a married father of three. He was also a welding worker.

The security agency has so far refused to return the body of Mr. Mangouri to his family.

 

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Azerbaijani Turk Activist Abbas Nikravan Arrested by Security Forces in Salmas

On Sunday, September 5, Azerbaijani Turk activist Abbas Nikravan was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Nikravan is a native  of Salmas in West Azerbaijan Province.

Mr. Nikravan has a history of detention. He was arrested in July 2018, during the annual gathering of Babak Castle, and was released on bail a week later.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons for his detention, the charges against him, or his whereabouts.

Suspected Criminals in Naqadeh in West Azerbaijan Province Humiliated by Police

On Saturday, August 28, police humiliated three suspected criminals in the middle of the streets in Naqadeh on the order of Rasoul No’ei, the prosecutor of Naqadeh City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, this action is contrary to the conventions on human rights, domestic law, and human dignity.

The citizens had been arrested on charges of harassment, disturbing public security, and damaging vehicles.

Two Citizens Detained by Security Forces in Oshnavieh in West Azerbaijan Province

On Sunday, August 29, two citizens from Oshnavieh were detained by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, the identities of these citizens are Heydar Alizadeh from the village of Qazanabad, and Shirzad Mamandi a native of Narziveh village in Oshnavieh.

The report states that the arrests were made without a court order, and that security forces searched the homes of detainees, confiscated some of their belongings, including their cell phones.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons for the arrests, the charges against them, or the whereabouts of these citizens.

Citizen Detained by Security Forces Without Court Order in Piranshahr

Salah Osmani was arrested by security forces on Tuesday, August 17, and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, 44-year-old Osmani is a resident of the village of Kharapeh in Piranshahr in West Azerbaijan Province,

The report states that Mr. Osmani was arrested without a court order.

As of this writing, the reasons for the arrest and Osmani’s whereabouts are unknown.

Citizen Arrested by Security Forces in Oshnavieh in West Azerbaijan Province

On Monday, August 16th, Sardar Alani was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Sardar Alani is a resident of the village of Singan in the City of Oshnavieh and has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.

The report quoted an informed source as saying that IRGC intelligence forces detained Mr. Alani at a checkpoint between Singan village and Oshnavieh town without a court order.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons behind Alani’s arrest or the charges against him.